My last project was reupholstering a Bergere Chair. I guess I have been watching too many Nate Berkus shows. He always talks about thrift store shopping. I always thought shopping at a thrift store meant welfare. Sorry if I have offended anyone. But, watching the Nate Berkus Show I see there is more than clothes in these stores
One day I was all set to go to a local Salvation Army to look for a chair. I went in with the notion I wouldn't find anything. I walked past all the clothes and found myself in the furniture areas. As I looked straight ahead what do I see. Yes, the exact type of chair I was looking for. Here she is before the "facelift".
After several hours over the course of 2-3 days, I think I took out hundreds of staples. Not easy on the hands. I sanded the chair down several times. Then I primed the chair with two coats of primer.
Then came the black satin paint. I loved it as soon I put the first coat on.
After the chair was dried I applied two coats of poly on it. Let me say this is a project I honestly thought what the hell was I doing. I had never sewn double-welt cording before. I remember sitting in the living room with the fabric rolled out thinking how in the world amy I going to make the pattern flow once the chair is completed. Oiy, my head was spinning. Then on night it came to me. I knew how I was going to do it. I got up the next morning, rolled the fabric back out and got to cutting. I stared with the pieces that I had to staple down. How much could I screw that up, I thought. I bought new foam for the cushions, layed that down and stared stapling. Once I had the first piece stapled I knew I liked it. My confidence went from "what the hell was I doing" to "yes, I can do this." I managed to figure out the double-welts and the piping. With all that hard work behind me I can honestly say I loved how my chair came out. I am currently looking for another one.
My modern Black & White Bergere Chair.